DIY Paint Swatch Chandelier (Project Re-Do)

So I messed this one up guys. It’s taken me a year to admit but it happened. I made a DIY blunder. One of those it-seemed-like-a-really-good-idea-in-my-head kinda things.  Allow me to elaborate….

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A few years ago, a friend gave me some craft supplies that she knew I’d love. With those supplies — tiles, an old colander, paint, embroidery thread — I created some of my absolute favorite pieces in my home, my mosaic tableresin mosaic lampembroidered art, and diy chandelier to name a few. The latter is the flub that received a new makeover most recently. From very ugly DIY Chandelier to DIY Paint Swatch Chandelier!

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St. Petersburg, Florida

My first adult vacation. So desperately needed and so wonderfully enjoyed.

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Last year my best friend of nearly 20 years moved from our hometown in southern Missouri to a place so wonderfully different: Florida. The sweet beachside town of St. Petersburg to be exact. Located on a peninsula connected to Tampa Bay, the 244,769 population city is home to the Tampa Bay Rays, many beautiful beaches, fabulous culture, excellent museums, and much more. With 361 sunny days every year, I can see why my winter-hating friend made the 1,108 mile move. It also helps that a vast majority of the population is largely 25 to age 40 meaning a great shopping district, fantastic restaurants and bars, and a plethora of activities for young folks.

While we were in town for a short two and a half days, we watched the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 16-1, spent two cloudy but nonetheless enjoyable days at the beach, walked the pier countless times, gorged on amazing food and beers, but most importantly, we had a beyond amazing time visiting my best friend. It was a blast! I’m already planning my next trip down!

As per usual, I took way too many pictures. Enjoy! I hope they force you to begin planning your next vacation to the Sunshine City in the Sunshine State.

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Hit List: Paul Molitor

Shannon Walter:

Check out this story on my boyfriend, David’s baseball blog. I made the graphic which honors Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. On Sunday, his hit record of 3,319 was passed by New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.

Originally posted on TheCutoffMan:

MolitorGraphic On Sunday afternoon, Derek Jeter smacked a pair of hits to help the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. And while Jeter’s contributions may not have won his team the game, they did help the Yankee legend accomplish a little history. That pair of singles earned Jeter hits #3,319 and #3,320 of his career, which bumped him past Paul Molitor for 8th on the all-time hit list.

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Recycled Book Rack

So let me tell you about that fun little book rack that’s sitting on my awesome new comic book shelf. Now, you might look at this and say, “Hey Shannon, why would you drill into a perfectly good book just so you could hold up other books?” Well this particular book has one goofy secret…

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Comic Book Shelf

My boyfriend David almost always has his nose in a book. Any genre will do but his latest favorite? Comic books. The book lover in me is so very happy that he’s reading but the organization freak is going nuts over these tiny little books. They are everywhere! They are scattered about the house, stacked in precarious towers on shelves, strewn all over our coffee table, and shoved into nooks and crannies. He’s subscribed to four different books meaning new ones are always joining our book library. So in an effort to save my sanity from comic books I decided to get creative and build David the perfect comic book storage shelf!

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Greek Key Pattern Roman Shade

Early last year I finally solved one of the biggest issues with our tiny rental bungalow: privacy. Our house has one huge 5×5 bay window in the living room that we absolutely love. It lets in wonderful light and offers the perfect spot for our pets to lounge but the mini blinds and roller blinds that came with the house left something to be desired. One custom roman shade later and the problem was solved! Or so I thought….

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Although my roman shade was functional, it was still an eye sore. Barely an upgrade from my stained roller blinds and mini blinds. The canvas drop cloth was wrinkly and just plain boring. Still, I decided to live with it for a few months to choose the perfect embellishment. I really wanted to love the finished product. Well, almost a year later, I finally fancied up the shade and I could not be happier with the final product!

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Keep reading to see how I added a Greek key pattern to my custom roman shade for only $4!

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Happy 2014

So, I’ve been bad. I’ve ignored you guys for 2 months letting a bit of chaos and a lot of daylight savings time evening darkness rule my life. Projects have been pushed off, ideas have fizzled before they could develop, and time has flown. With little money to spare on projects, Down Shannon Lane was placed on the back burner. Fear not though! I will be sharing lots of new budget friendly projects in 2014. Several things around my cute little bungalow have been updated and I can’t wait to share with you guys!

For now I’ll start with sharing photos from my recent trip to Colorado. The boyfriend’s parents recently moved to the Colorado Springs area and we were dying to visit. Lucky for us, the weather was beautiful a few weeks ago and we had a blast exploring the Cave of the Winds, the Cliff Dwellings Museum, and the Garden of the Gods among many other adventures. Here were my favorite shots from the weekend taken with my new FujiFilm Fine Pix S4430 that David bought me for Christmas.

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How to Tile the Top of a Small Dresser

Alright, I know. I seriously have an obsession with tiling furniture. But I just love it too much! Beautiful tile beats a new paint job any day in my book (depending on the piece of furniture, of course).

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So, when a family friend recently gave me this adorable blank slate of a dresser, the wheels began turning. Should I… paint it, tile it, wallpaper it, stencil it, remove the doors? Maybe I could leave it at is? Nah, I don’t have that much self control when there’s a plain, white piece of furniture in my house. With so many ideas in my head, I needed to ponder this one for a few days. Rather than jump in feet first, I decided to live with it for a few weeks. Fortunately, I knew exactly where it belonged in our house. So I plopped it down in the entryway to begin its new life as our place to leave keys, mail, work schedules, etc.

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It didn’t take me long to accept my first instinct to dress up the top of the dresser. Tiling it was! So I grabbed my tile and grout and got to work!

Keep reading to see the finished product!

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DIY Painted Claw Foot Stool

Thanks to great family and friends, I am constantly on the receiving end of unwanted furniture. My newest addition? This adorable claw foot piano stool that was oozing with character but lacking in wow factor. Since I am always on the lookout to save money, I decided to spend $0 and one afternoon completing my makeover.

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Read on to see how I completed this easy makeover without spending any moolah!

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A Dab of Paint Here…

With little extra money to spend on projects and updates around my tiny bungalow, I have been sitting on my hands for the past few months ignoring the creative thoughts in the back of my head. See, I am one of those people that is constantly surrounded with possible projects. Others, a.k.a. my boyfriend, may not notice these small projects but they’re all I can think about. So, to satiate this desire, I decided to complete a few simple projects using supplies I already have! Meaning I didn’t have to spend any money plus all three projects only took an hour to complete!

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